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War on Scientology

Scientology has been all over the Internet recently, due to the propaganda video with Tom Cruise on the benefits of Scientology. “Re-Reading KSW”, “Orgs”, and “Have you met an SP?”; the specialized vocabulary is punctuated by what seems to be uncontrollable laughter, although maybe he has to pee real bad.

“Being a Scientologist, when you drive past an accident, it’s not like anyone else, it’s, you drive past, you know you have to do something about it. You know you are the only one who can really help. That’s what drives me.“

Enter a hacker group called “Anonymous”, loosely centered around the /b/ random board on 4chan. They call themselves /b/tards, and are always up for LULZ. You won’t find much about these guys on Wikipedia, but Encyclopedia Dramatica has much to say if you are curious about this odd anarchic subculture.

A rough timeline of Project Chanology.

  1. First it was the Tom Cruise video leaked to youtube, most likely by frustrated reporters who weren’t able to get it shown through a mainstream channel. Much mirth and merrymaking did occur.

  2. This video was quickly taken down, as the CoS likes to abuse the DMCA in order to suppress free speech. Seriously, they have a long history of this. Uh oh. If you really want to piss off “the Internet”, try to shape reality by the suppression of information. You are guaranteed to get a violent reaction.

  3. A group of hackers called Anonymous attack back with a DOS attack on the Scientology website that apparently brought it down for days. This was quickly followed by a video in which war on Scientology was declared.

    “Over the years, we have been watching you. Your campaigns of misinformation; suppression of dissent; your litigious nature, all of these things have caught our eye. With the leakage of your latest propaganda video into mainstream circulation, the extent of your malign influence over those who trust you, who call you leader, has been made clear to us. Anonymous has therefore decided that your organization should be destroyed. For the good of your followers, for the good of mankind–for the laughs–we shall expel you from the Internet and systematically dismantle the Church of Scientology in its present form. We acknowledge you as a serious opponent, and we are prepared for a long, long campaign.”

  4. CoS, not really knowing how to sue a bunch of random kids on the Internet, decided to offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to those responsible for the Anon attack. This lead to even more mirth and merrymaking, as CoS had listed a bunch of anonymous proxies as “clues” to the hackers’ identities. When CoS realized their n00b error, they quickly took the page down, but not before internet archives could get it.

  5. Anon somehow got their hands on a bunch of Scientology documentation, and made it available…well, everywhere. Really, you can’t plug these leaks, a search for “SECRETDOX.rar” on the file sharing networks pulls up plenty of torrents.

As I see it, it’s CoS: 1, Anon: 4. One crazy inbred group versus another, but my money is on Anon. This could get very ugly before it’s over, so be careful out there!

Link to Gawker article

Link to Wired article

“Knowledge is free.

We are Anonymous.

We are Legion.

We do not forgive.

WE DO NOT FORGET.”

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6 Responses

  1. Funny… the name of your blog is taken from a Robert Heinlein novel (also Exodus I guess) which could be taken as a satire of Sci3ntology… of maybe a foreshadowing. If you haven’t heard of the legend of the Heinlein & Hubbard Bet, out of which came Stranger In A Strange Land and Dian3tics, you should Google for it…

  2. I am not a part of Anonymous but I support this 100%. They cannot take down scientology but they can help expose them for what they are: A cult and a criminal organization.

  3. Gabriel, I am a huge Robert Heinlein fan! I’ve read virtually all his books, and the name of my blog is in homage to him and to his opus on religion. My Grandpa Bill was a big fan too, he would read and re-read his books, and we always talked about them. Stranger in a Strange Land is a much more subversive book than people give it credit for.

    It’s really interesting that you made this comment, as my friend Ethan and I were having this exact conversation. I think its a very rich topic, one I’ll be grokking in various ways for a long time.

    Yeah, I’ve heard various versions of how Scientology was originally a funny idea a bunch of sci-fi guys had. These stories are easy to believe, especially if you read stories they were writing at the time. And while it may not be factual I’m sure it contains truth in an archetypal or causal sense.

  4. Scientology is one of those quasi-neo-psych-I’ve found mine realities that you encounter when you first come to LA. after you pass the electronic church on your way to Hollywood squares of people who end up having read L.R. Hubbards’ book. Interestingly enough L.R. Hubbard disappeared off the coast of Ireland, and was wanted for Tax evasion. It feel’s good and it goes with a mis-understood reality that you can see from the west coast…mainly…Taiwan in California…on a misunderstood Elysian field of a new harvest of a bounty you’ve never quite experienced before…I’m saying it’s becoming antiquated and no one knows where It’s chief prophet is.

  5. I’ve always seen Stranger as being an alternate universe version of Sci3ntology… aliens, a hierarchy to enlightenment, from what I remember there was money and celebrity involved… Stranger, to me, proves there was a contest of some kind between Hubbard and Heinlein just based on how similar the two stories are. It’s something I’ve been grokking for a while.

  6. My money’s on Anon as well. But observing the war should be quite entertaining. I look forward to it.

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